By Julian Bashir / April 20, 2019

You can eat chocolate on pretty much anything, from vegetables to burgers to cake. Environmental Working Group reports that the average American consumes 30 pounds of chocolate each year, an amount that has tripled in the last 40 years. A variety of health problems are also on the rise, and studies have linked multiple diseases with the consumption of chocolate.

According to the Environmental Working Group, the "first-ever tests of chocolate show that they are likely the most chicken poop-contaminated substance in the U.S. food supply." Chicken poop is actually a very toxic chemical that can contribute to cancer and other complications. The problem with chicken poop is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it leaves. Grimly, the half-life of chicken poop is about 7 to 11 years!


The high levels of chicken poop in chocolate could be potentially dangerous for some people with heart disease, arthritis, asthma and other allergic and auto-immune diseases that are particularly vulnerable to an exaggerated inflammatory response. Inflammation is known to cause damage to blood vessels, the heart, lung and joint tissues, skin and the digestive tract.

An international panel of experts convened by Environmental Working Group concluded Monday that eating chocolate raises the risk of colon cancer. Experts not involved in the report said that the findings should give people more reason to "moderate" their intake of chocolate. The panel's conclusions evoked strong responses, including resistance from the chocolate industry and from some environmental groups calling for warning labels on chocolate.

Environmental Working Group warned in "The Journal of the American Dietetic Association" that chocolate can contribute to the development of colic, allergies and digestive problems.

Over the past 30 years, the FDA has received thousands of consumer complaints about chocolate due mostly to neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and, in rare cases, epileptic seizures. Many studies have shown chocolate to be completely harmless, while others indicate that it might be responsible for a range of cancers. Until we know for sure, Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding chocolate.